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Leeds Travel-To-Work Area (Job Losses)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) what is the number of jobs lost in the wool manufacturing industry in the Leeds travel-to-work area over the last 12 months ;(2) what is the number of jobs lost in the engineering industry in the Leeds travel-to-work area over the last 12 months;(3) what is the number of jobs lost in the clothing manufacturing industry in the Leeds travel-to-work area over the last 12 months.

This Department does not have information about job losses or job gains. For Great Britain as a whole and the regions an indication of the net change can be obtained by comparing levels of employment at different dates but for local areas these estimates are available only from the census of employment and the latest information relates to June 1977.However, I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that it has been notified of redundancies due to occur in the Leeds travel-to-work area between June 1979 and May 1980 as follows :

Standard Industrial Classification (1968)Number of redundancies
Woollen and Worsted (Minimum List Heading 414)72
Mechanical. Instrument and Electrical Engineering industries (Orders VII, VIII, and IX)542
Clothing (Minimum List Headings 441 to 449)1,529
The Leeds travel-to-work area comprises the Leeds, Bramley, Horsforth, Hunslet, Morley, Otley, Rothwell, Sea-croft, Wetherby and Yeadon employment office areas.